The dark green
leaves of bay leaf are rich in essential oils, which have the ability to
relieve the pain, as well as reduce inflammation.
Bay Leaf, or known by its Latin name as Laurus nobilis, is a shrub or a low
tree that reaches a height of about 5 meters. It has dark green, oval, tough evergreen
leaves, greenish flowers that grow at every three to four months, as well as dark
blue berry-like fruits.
Laurus nobilis originates
from Asia Minor and grows in the Mediterranean, where, in Rome and Ancient
Greece in particular, it was regarded as a symbol of popularity and power,
therefore people there had the habit of placing it around the necks of heroes,
rulers, successful athletes and artists.
During the ancient
Olympics in Greece, the winners had the habit of wearing a laurel wreath that
was placed around their necks, and the plant was actually devoted to the son of
Apollo, called Aesculapius, or the god of medicine. People have been using fragrant
bay leaves as a spice for centuries, but likewise for treating many different
The leaves should be
picked solely after they have completely developed and leather like as
otherwise, they are going to get a black color during the process of drying
them. The fruits of bay leaf which are berry-like are picked ripe and they are
most frequently used for preparing medicinal oils.
Fresh bay leaves are
abundant in vitamin C, which represents an efficient anti-oxidant that has the
ability to strengthen the immune system and they are a remarkable source of
vitamin A, which maintains the skin and eyes in a healthy condition.
Bay leaves likewise
contain pyridoxine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid that aid in the synthesis
of enzymes accountable for regulating the metabolism and the functions of the
nervous system. This spice is an amazing source of minerals such as potassium, copper,
manganese, calcium, selenium, iron, magnesium and zinc.